97-year-old Prince Philip got into a major car mishap on January 17 when his Land Rover flipped in a collision with a Kia near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. While Philip escaped unhurt, the crash ended up causing cuts to the other driver’s knee and a broken wrist to a 45-year-old woman passenger in the same car with a nine-month-old baby on board. The incident sparked a debate about old age and driving with several people criticising the Prince over car safety. Amidst this, the Duke of Edinburgh surrendered his driving license.
"After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license," Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement. According to Norfolk Police, the investigation file has been passed to the prosecutors to take the development into account. "Norfolk Police can confirm that the 97-year-old driver of the Land Rover involved in the collision at Sandringham ... voluntarily surrendered his license to officers," said a police statement. "The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their consideration."
Reports suggest that the Prince was left ‘shocked and shaken’ after the mishap and apparently told the cops that he was ‘blinded by the sun’ when he turned onto the road without seeing the oncoming car.
Just two days after the incident, the Duke got himself into another legal soup, for travelling without a seatbelt, which is illegal in Britain.